We here at AAI are quickly learning the difference between "shock" and "surprise" when it comes to all the issues we deal with most seriously. We are SHOCKED that the President reversed decades of bipartisan U.S. policy with a grin and a giggle yesterday when he refused to endorse the two-state solution regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But were we SURPRISED? Nope. Alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, President Trump said he will support any deal - one state or two - that Israelis and Palestinians want. And when Netanyahu proceeded to describe the state Israel wants (one with "overriding security control" over the entire area, one that does not end the occupation, and one that does not guarantee Palestinians equal rights, and one that pedals in anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry) our U.S. President stood by and smiled and promised "a lot of love" in the relationship between our countries. It was all incredibly shocking. Including the moment when President Trump shamefully could not clearly condemn anti-semitism. But this is where U.S. policy has been headed for years (save the anti-semitism debacle). Congress in particular is responsible for the room Trump has been given to enact this dramatic policy shift. Relentless reinforcement of Israel's right to have anything it wants (money, diplomatic cover, safety from any pressure to negotiate or compromise, anything) allowed the two state solution to die and seemingly lined the U.S. up firmly on the side of permanent occupation. Now today - in a ceremonial crowning of the Trump/Bibi apartheid inevitability - Trump's nominee for Ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, was questioned by our altogether terrible Senators who are in part responsible for where we are at today. It's all too painful to watch. But we are watching.

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